Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis made his way to the New York Times this week by making a clean break from establishment GOP figures who have full-throated endorsed the Biden administration’s continued funding of the Ukrainian war effort.
As reported by the Times, DeSantis made a statement Monday night asserting that the protection of the beleaguered Eastern European country is not a vital U.S. interest and that lawmakers should be focusing on domestic affairs.
Responding to a questionnaire from Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, DeSantis wrote,
“While the U.S. has many vital national interests – securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party – becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them.”
He added, “The Biden administration’s virtual “blank check” funding of this conflict for ‘as long as it takes,’ without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges.”
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) March 14, 2023
The establishment media such as the Times, clearly have little stomach for opinions that reflect millions of Americans who would rather not see another generation of American children marched to slaughter on European soil. The outlet characterized DeSantis’ view in a singularly negative framing. They wrote: “Mr. DeSantis’s statement dripped with sarcastic contempt for policymakers who believe the only way to stop the Ukrainian people’s suffering is to remove Mr. Putin from power.”
DeSantis said in his statement,
“Without question, peace should be the objective. The U.S. should not provide assistance that could require the deployment of American troops or enable Ukraine to engage in offensive operations beyond its borders. F-16s and long-range missiles should therefore be off the table. These moves would risk explicitly drawing the United States into the conflict and drawing us closer to a hot war between the world’s two largest nuclear powers. That risk is unacceptable.”
DeSantis sharply criticized a policy of ‘regime change‘ in Russia warning that it “would greatly increase the stakes of the conflict, making the use of nuclear weapons more likely. Such a policy would neither stop the death and destruction of the war, nor produce a pro-American, Madisonian constitutionalist in the Kremlin.”
He added, “We cannot prioritize intervention in an escalating foreign war over the defense of our own homeland, especially as tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year from narcotics smuggled across our open border and our weapons arsenals critical for our own security are rapidly being depleted.”
DeSantis, like former President Donald Trump, seems more amenable to a diplomatic solution than anyone in the Biden administration or the establishment GOP. Trump wrote on Truth Social in January, “IF I WERE PRESIDENT, THE RUSSIA/UKRAINE WAR WOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED, BUT EVEN NOW, IF PRESIDENT, I WOULD BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE AN END TO THIS HORRIBLE AND RAPIDLY ESCALATING WAR WITHIN 24 HOURS. SUCH A TRAGIC WASTE OF HUMAN LIFE!!!”
Only the two most prominent Republicans seem to have a hesitancy to sacrifice America’s sons and daughters on the altar of propping up the so-called ‘liberal world order.’